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1990 Calais 3.3L No Start

Just changed ignition switch and tumbler for unrelated reasons.
Car will not start. Symptoms are no spark/no injector pulse. Computer has no codes. Fuel pump cycles fine and there is good fuel pressure at the rail. When using diagnostic scanner, there is no RPM while turning car over....also shows 0 spark advance. Want to get thoughts before I start by throwing a crank sensor into it.

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It would be the crank angle sensor which tells the computer if the engine is turning and at what speed and when to spark

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